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Fantastic photos in from Stephen and Elaine who've just returned to Kathmandu after enjoying a trek that they've dreamt of doing for 20 years! Along with our head guide Chiring they trekked to the Gokyo Lakes, then crossed the 5300m Cho La pass and headed up to Everest Base Camp, before trekking back down the Khumbu Valley to Lukla. Well done Stephen and Elaine, great photos!
Would you like to follow in their footsteps? See:

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Sasha, our head guide on Russia's Mt Elbrus, has just come off the summit! We've a busy season ahead with teams on the south and north routes plus a traverse team. We have a few places left if you fancy climbing Europe's highest peak! Last year every single team made the summit and we're now in our 3rd decade guiding on this amazing mountain! Details:

AMAZING NEWS! Pasang Lhamu, sister of AA Nepals MD and part of the Adventure Alternative family has summited Mt Everest! HUGE congratulations from all your global AA family!

Elia Saikaly

In the build up to the Climb for Albinism of Kilimanjaro, the AA Kenya guides and staff have teamed up with our senior AA Tanzania guides, Romilly & Kamanda to train, teach and get to know the team on the beautiful slopes of Mt Kenya. No doubt it'll be great fun!

Elia Saikaly

Great to have our good buddy Elia back with our AA Kenya team! Elia is a very successful high altitude climber, a high altitude cameraman / editor / producer and an amazing philanthropist. We've had the pleasure of working with him for many years through Adventure Alternative and also with our charity Moving Mountains.
His latest adventure is a pre Kilimanjaro prep and training session on Mt Kenya with the most amazing group of ladies from the Climb for Albinism team who will later in the year aim to climb to the roof of their continent. Follow the 6 amazing ladies, who've faced persecution due to being born with Albinism, and watch them train, climb and hopefully stand tall and proud on the roof of their continent!
The Team:
DR EDI ONYINYE from Nigeria 🇳🇬️
JANE WAITHERA (organizer) from Kenya 🇰🇪️
MAAH KOUDIA KEITA from Senegal 🇸🇳️
MARIAMU STANFORD from Tanzania 🇹🇿️
NODUMO NCOMANZI (organizer) from Zimbabwe 🇿🇼️
REGINA MARY NDLOVU from South Africa 🇿🇦️

We (Jane and Nodumo) are honored to be in the company of these incredible women! We're excited to be amplifying the voices of women and children with albinism across Africa, as a Pan-African team representing ourselves!

Channel 5 News

Channel 5 tonight at 6:30pm tune in to hear from Max and about his journey with us to Everest Base Camp which he used to raise funds for the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA)!

Riding Everest

Max from the Riding Everest team who recently reached Everest Base camp with us whilst raising funds for the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) will be on Channel Five this evening at 6:30pm! Tune in to meet this legend of a man and hear about his trek with us, Rocky the horse and reaching the base camp of Mt Everest!


For all you climbers.......

BBC Earth

Amazing to see so many Nepalese ladies climbing Everest this year and ESPECIALLY our very own Pasang Lhamu Sherpa who is the sister of the director of AA Nepal, Pasang Tendi Sherpa.
Pasang Lhamu is a very talented guide and part of the Adventure Alternative Nepal team. Two days ago she climbed Island Peak (Imja Tse) as part of her acclimatisation for Everest. Our Riding Everest Team had the pleasure of spending an evening with Pasang Lhamu and her team mates last week in Namche. We're cheering her and all the team from the Sherpa Woman Everest Eco Expedition on!

The feedback and cats that we're spotting has been off the scale! Join us in Borneo and just like all our global destinations, we can tailor specific itineraries to suit. Email us on or call on +44 2870831258 or UK: 02870 831258

Happy New Year from Kathmandu! The Riding Everest team are enjoying a days tour around the sights in warm 30°C conditions, which is quite different from last week!
Our Gokyo team successfully crossed the Cho La Pass and will be back in Kathmandu in a couple of days. Meanwhile our next Everest Base Camp team arrive today and our team for our annual Yoga Retreat arrive tomorrow.
Today is the first day of 2075 in Nepal so our Riding Everest team have two reasons to celebrate!

Kenya elephant rescuer Sheldrick dies

Sad news this morning as Daphne Sheldrick, wife of the late David, has passed away in Kenya. Their elephant orphanage will no doubt continue its great work:

Max Stainton reaches Everest Base Camp

The moment when Max Stainton became the first person with Cerebral Palsy to reach Everest Base Camp on his fundraising expedition for Riding for the Disabled Association... Big thanks to everyone involved and the Adventure Alternative Nepal team, and congratulations Max!

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The full Riding for the Disabled Association team reached Everest Base Camp today safely, congratulations!

Not a bad view to wake up to! #Everest #BaseCamp #Nepal

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Nepal Update:
The Riding Everest team crossed paths with our 1st Everest Base Camp team on their descent today after successfully reaching base camp and some stunning views of the summit for Kala Pattar.
The Gokyo team is doing well as is the Riding Everest team who reached Dingboche today at 4400m.
Lots more treks coming up over the rest of 2018 & 2019 if you fancy joining us!

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Nepal Update: our first team is approaching Everest Base Camp and the 2nd Gokyo team left the Sherpa capital of Namche today, whilst the Riding Everest team relaxes on our acclimatisation day. Max and Rocky (his horse) have had two tough days to get here but have been amazing! Steep trails, river crossings and bouldered areas on foot have been passed and today we got our first glimpse of Mt Everest! Tomorrow we head onwards and upwards!

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Checking in from a busy Kathmandu! We've one team on the way to Everest Base Camp, another flew up this morning for the Gokyo trek and in Lukla, Max and the Riding Everest team have been hard at work trying out the various saddle options to use on the pony that will journey with us to Everest tomorrow when we fly up and join them. Max has cerebral palsy and as a wheelchair user he's using this ambitious challenge as a fundraiser for the Riding for the Disabled Association.

We have more treks to Everest, Gokyo, Upper Mustang and the Annapurna Range over April & May & later in the season from October onwards if you'd like to explore this stunning, tranquil, welcoming and beautiful country check out:

Indonesia Tour across Java and Bali | Adventure Alternative

As we expand, we're starting another AA company in Indonesia, catering to the specialist wildlife market and people looking for the same kind of personalised bespoke holidays we provide in Borneo. Have a look at what Indonesia can offer and check out our first new trip in this amazing country - Indonesia Explorer, the best of Bali and Java!

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We've moved offices in Kenya to the beautiful wooded Jamhuri Park, which is where Gavin lived many years ago and began the charity Moving Mountains and the adventure company that has supported it for so long.

The staff we have are wonderful people and they have been involved for many years. We're still going strong! Here's a few faces people will recognise. Do share us with people who want to go on holiday to Kenya; we're a company with a social purpose and integrity, and our staff are the best...

Riding Everest

Continuing on with our past and present amazing journeys series, meet Max and the Riding Everest team who fly to Nepal next week!


Sad news today as Sudan, the last male northern White rhino, who many of our clients and climbers visited at Ol Pejeta, beside Mt Kenya has died.

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I have been guiding on Kilimanjaro a lot recently and a few weeks ago there was some quite significant snow on summit night which made for a particularly challenging job getting to the top.
These Leadership Expeditions are proving very popular as more and more companies see direct links between the lessons learned on a mountain trip and advantages in the workplace.
And we're still using the same guides I employed fifteen years ago. I think the enjoyment of our trips comes a lot from the company personality that shines through when you're working with the same people for so long.

Climb for Albinism

We're constantly involved with amazing journeys and we organise a lot of bespoke trips for trailblazing individuals, charities and for groundbreaking challenges. Over the next few days we'll share a few of our current and previous jaw dropping, heart moving, inspirational journeys with you. This is Climb for Albinism put together by our great friend Elia Saikaly


If you've ever been to Kenya with us you'll love this. If you've never been, call us! #lovekenya

Himalayan yoga retreat | Adventure Alternative Expeditions

Need to Relax? Need to unplug and get back to nature?

We have 2 places left on our amazing Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat in the Himalayas in April! Plus we'll honour our early intro special price of £1695.
This trip is about physical, mental and spiritual harmony; expect to enjoy days of walking between villages below the snow capped peaks of the mighty Himalaya, with plenty of time to relax and immerse yourself in the Sherpa way of life plus twice-daily Hatha Yoga, Yin yoga, Mantra, Qi Gong and Meditation practice with wonderful company, tutoring and guidance from our Yoga & Meditation Facilitators, Jessica Brookes and Jack Weaver. A trip of a lifetime!

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Dramatic and memorable ascent of Toubkal last week in quite extreme winter conditions. Extensive snowfall and some big storms made for an arduous time getting to the hut. Thankfully we got the only six clear hours in the week to summit though, so the effort was worth it.
Really great group, well done everyone for putting so much effort in and keeping positive.

In Marrakech preparing to head up to the mountains for some winter skills and a winter climb on Mount Toubkal.

Highest altitude rugby league game

We have recently been asked to provide a location for a rugby match to beat the current world record which is just the sort of challenge I like.

In fact almost 50% of our business comes from unusual bespoke adventures just like this, from charity trips to corporate leadership trips to honeymoons and film documentaries.

But can anyone guess where in the world I suggested?

BTW the current world record was made in October 2015 at 5752 metres in the crater rim of Mount Kilimanjaro, so that wasn't my answer..


We have a lot of people going on trekking holidays to Borneo and one of the most common questions is about footwear. For long hikes we do recommend proper lightweight hiking boots with socks for comfort, but for shorter walks there are the ubiquitous Adidas Kampung shoes made of rubber and bought locally.

So sad to hear of the death of Elizabeth Hawley, the 'Chronicler of the Himalayas' who died today at aged 94.
She had the reputation of being a formidable and sharp tongued judge of Everest climbers, but on the occasions I met her to discuss my six Everest expeditions before and after, she was fascinating company and very friendly. She had quite an incredible knowledge of the mountain and pretty much every person who has ever been on its slopes. It was always an honour and pleasure to be interviewed by her, and she has left a great legacy with the Himalayan Database.

Riding Everest

We're on the 2 month countdown to this very different challenge with the team!

Volunteering |

Thinking of taking a gap break in 2018? Make it count and join our sister charity, Moving Mountains Trust as a volunteer. Not only can you grow your CV, give back to local communities, and make memories to last a lifetime #charitytuesday #volunteer

Winter Tour of Rila Mountains | Adventure Alternative Expeditions

Did you know that Bulgaria is home to some of Europe's most magical mountains? See it for yourself on our 8 day 'Winter Tour of the Rila Mountains' - last Feb/March spots available:

Everest Base Camp trek | Adventure Alternative

Base yourself at the foothills of the world's tallest mountain with our 2018 climbing dates now released for our epic 17 day tour to Everest Base Camp:

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Imagine the smiles you will receive knowing you are helping to make a change in the world. Find out more about our volunteer programs with our charity, Moving Mountains:

Everest Base Camp trek | Adventure Alternative

Base yourself at the foothills of the world's tallest mountain with our 2018 climbing dates now released for our epic 17 day tour to Everest Base Camp:

How hard is it to trek to Everest Base camp?

How hard is it to trek Everest Base Camp?

Friends of the Past

Do you know how many animals have become extinct in our lifetime? We have created this video with International Animal Rescue to remember the wonderful creatures that once roamed the earth and to help prevent the same fate for current endangered species #FriendsOfThePast

Mount Toubkal winter | Adventure Alternative Expeditions

Want to climb with a pro? Join Adventure Alternative’s founder and MD Gavin Bate on an epic climb of Morocco’s highest peak, Mt Toubkal.

This is a wonderful 7 day trip featuring climbs of several 4000m mountains in a small intimate group.

At £595 per person, it is the perfect winter break for the those who want an adventurous winter break in a country that has the ability to capture one's imagination culturally and with its pristine snow and ice. Find out more about this epic winter climb:

Pasang Tendi Sherpa | Everest climber and director of Adventure Alternative Nepal

When it comes to conquering the world's highest mountain #Everest, trust our expert guide Pasang who has made three climbs with our MD Gavin Bate:

New rules ban solo climbers from trying to scale Mount Everest

Do you agree with the new rules climbing Everest?

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"We had one of the best and most unconventional festive holidays we have ever had!"
We are glad to hear it was a family bonding experience like no other! This was part of the fantastic feedback we received from one family on a bespoke tour of Kenya over the festive period. Read the review in full:

Find out how you could have an unconventional family holiday with us by seeking inspiration on our 'Inspire Me' page or sending us a message #FeelGoodFriday

Gokyo Lakes Trek | Adventure Alternative Expeditions

Join us on one of the more adventurous treks in the Himalayas with an epic 20 day journey via the Gokyo Lakes and an amazing crossing of the Cho La pass to Everest base camp:

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How hard is it to trek with young children in Nepal?